XAT 2023: Dates, Applications, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus, Pattern

Exam Date

Jan 1, 2023

May 31, 2022 | Management


XAT 2023 exam is expected to be conducted on the first Sunday of January 2023, i.e., on Jan 1, 2023, by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to MBA and PGDM courses. XAT 2023 exam date will be announced by the conducting authority in the last week of July, and the registration is expected to begin in the first week of August

XLRI Jamshedpur organises the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) annually to create opportunities for all aspirants to pursue MBA and PGDM courses from the finest institutes in the country. In addition to XLRI and the other XAMI members, about 160 other top B-schools in the country offer admission to their management courses, considering the candidates' XAT scores. 

This page has all the information you need about the XAT, along with direct links for all events.

Latest Updates for XAT

  • May 24: XAT 2023 exam is expected to be held on Jan 1, 2023. Read More


XAT 2023 Exam Dates

XAT 2023 exam dates will be announced by XLRI Jamshedpur. Following the previous year's trends, the exam is expected to be conducted on the first Sunday of Jan 2023. 

XAT 2023 Exam Dates
Events Dates
Commencement of Application Form Acceptance To be announced
Last date to fill the Application Form To be announced
Admit Card Release To be announced
XAT 2023 To be announced
Answer Key Release Date To be announced
Result Announcement To be announced

Read More: XAT 2023 Exam Dates

About XAT

XAT is a national-level MBA entrance test conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur. The entrance test is conducted on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Associate Management Institute) for admission into MBA and PGDM programs across Xavier B-Schools and other major management colleges in India.

More than 160 B-schools accept the XAT scores in the country. This exam is conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur for MBA and PGDM admissions in XLRI and other associated colleges. XAT is one of the oldest competitive exams in the country that has always kept pace with cutting-edge testing methodology. The Human Resource course in XLRI is considered to be one of the best HR courses in Asia and is the Flagship Programme of the college. XAT is conducted once every year, usually in the month of January.

The cutoff for XAT is generally decided by the participating institutes every year. Applicants have to clear the XAT cutoff 2023 set by the participating institutes to qualify for the selection rounds. International candidates can appear for GMAT and apply through those scores for admission to the GMP - General Management Programme. For more important facts related to XAT, the candidates can go through the table given below,

XAT 2023 Highlights
Exam Name  XAT 2023
Full Form Xavier Aptitude Test
Exam Level National Level
Conducted By XLRI, Xavier School of Management
Mode of Application Online
Languages English 
Exam Mode Online 
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Official Website www.xatonline.in
Helpdesk [email protected]

XAT 2023 Eligibility

XLRI expects the applicants to satisfy some eligibility criteria before proceeding to fill the application form. XAT eligibility includes age, academic details, among various other pre-requisites. The details related to the same can be found below.

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree.
  • They should have pursued at least a 3-year UG program.
  • Candidates in the final year of their graduation degree can apply for XAT, provided they should complete their degree by June 2023.
  • The conducting authorities do not specify any upper age limit for the applicants.
XAT Eligibility Criteria 2023
Particulars Details
Age limit No upper age limit
Educational Qualification Minimum 3 years of a Bachelor's Degree
Nationality NRI/Foreign/Indian

Candidates should note that there is no reservation except for the 5% relaxation to SC/ST/PwD candidates in the final year marks of their bachelor's degree. It is important that the candidates clearly verify whether they fulfill the eligibility criteria prior to applying for the XAT exam. They can regularly check in to this page for further updates and information regarding the exam.

Read More: XAT Eligibility Criteria 2023

XAT 2023 Application Form

It is mandatory for the candidates to read the instructions carefully prior to filling up the XAT 2023 Application Form. It is also essential for them to make sure that the eligibility criteria are met before applying. Failing to satisfy the eligibility criteria will result in the disqualification of the candidate in the later stages of admission.

Interested candidates can apply only online. They have to pay the application fee of INR 1800. Apart from this for each program that they choose, they are liable to pay INR 300.

XAT Exam Fees
Application Details Online
Registration Fee (without any late fee) INR 1800
Individual Fee for Each Additional Subject Selected for XAT INR 300
Fee for Indian Candidates Applying for Ex-PGDM through GMAT or GRE INR 2500
Fee for NRI/foreign Candidates for One or More Programs INR 5000


  • Candidates can apply for more than one program in a single XAT application but the candidate has to pay separately for every program he or she chooses.
  • Candidates can take a printout of the XAT 2023 application form for future use.

Read More: XAT Application Form 2023

How to Register for XAT 2023?

Following the course of successfully verifying that the candidates have cleared the XAT eligibility criteria, they will have to register for the XAT 2023 exam. The registration process comprises of certain steps for the procedure, which the candidates can follow to register for the XAT exam successfully. The entire XAT 2023 registration process is explained below.

  • Step 1: Visit xatonline.in, the official website of XAT 2023.
  • Step 2: Choose the tab "New Registration" and enter a name, date of birth, contact details, and email ID.
  • Step 3: A system-generated XAT login ID and password will be sent to you through Email/SMS.
  • Step 4: Students should note down their XAT IDs and password for future use.
  • Step 5: After registering, the candidate should fill in personal details and other educational background details.
  • Step 6: Finally, the candidate should upload the necessary documents (as per the given specifications).
  • Step 7: The final step is to pay the application fee and click on the 'Submit button.

XAT 2023 Application Process

The XAT 2023 Application Process includes the process of registering and filling up the XAT 2023 application form. Candidates are required to go through the instructions clearly before filling up the application form, and also make sure that they clear the eligibility criteria set by the organizing body. Certain documents are required for registration, and they are mentioned below.

Filling the XAT 2023 Application Form

Candidates will be required to fill in various details in the XAT application form. The candidates must ensure that no spelling mistakes or factual errors are made during the process. The details required are as follows,

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth
  • Caste category certificate
  • Aadhar card
  • ID proof

Educational Documents to be Attached

  • Class X certificate
  • Class XII certificate
  • School ID
  • Additional Educational Documents

The above-mentioned documents are mandatory for the candidates to submit at the time of the application process. Failing to submit the documents and proofs will lead to the application form to be deemed invalid.

XAT 2023 Admit Card

XAT 2023 Admit Card will be released by the conducting authority. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website using their login credentials. It is mandatory for the candidates to carry their admit cards on the date of the examination. Failing to adhere to this will result in not being allowed to attend the exam.

The hall ticket includes the name of the candidate, roll number, examination centre, exam timings, reporting time, instructions. Candidates must go through the instructions mentioned in order to be aware of the do's and don'ts and things that are restricted inside the test centre.

Aspirants will be allowed to enter the examination centre only if they carry their XAT 2023 admit card & a government-issued photo ID proof with them.

In case, a candidate finds any errors on the admit card, such as the spelling mistake of the name, date of birth, registration number as shown in the application form, he/she is advised to immediately report it to the concerned authority.

How to Download the XAT Admit Card?

The procedure to download and save the XAT hall ticket is given below.

  • Step 1: Candidates should visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Upon reaching the webpage, you have to log in to your account with your credentials: your user ID and password that will be provided after registration.
  • Step 3: After logging in you have to click on the "Download Admit Card" option, and your download will start. You can print 2 copies of your admit card.

Read More: XAT Admit Card 2023

XAT 2023 Exam Centres

The exam will be held in about 70 different cities across the country. The applicants are required to choose a said number of cities, in order of preference, where they would like to appear for XAT 2023. The candidates must choose the exam centres thoughtfully. Several times, the exam centres do not have the capacity to accommodate the number of candidates who had opted for that particular venue. In such cases, the candidates will be required to appear for the exam in the city chosen as the second option.

Read More: XAT Exam Centres 2023

XAT 2023 Exam Pattern

It is important for candidates to understand the pattern of the XAT question paper, before appearing for the test. They must be aware of the marking scheme, the duration in hand, and the number of questions to be solved, to get admission into their targeted B-school. Some of the highlights of the revised XAT exam pattern are discussed in this section.

  • Mode: XAT 2023 will be conducted online.
  • Duration: 180 minutes
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer fetches 1 mark and the 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer. Negative marking is inapplicable in the General Knowledge section.

The information related to the no. of questions and marks carried by each of the sections can be found in the table below.

XAT 2023 Exam Pattern
Subject Number of Questions Number of Marks
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) 26 26
Decision Making (DM) 21 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 28 28
General Knowledge 25 25
Total 100 100 Marks

Candidates can check in with this page regularly for further updates or information related to the XAT 2023 Exam Pattern and also other associated events or sections.

XAT Paper Analysis

A general analysis of the XAT Question Paper is given below:

  • XAT 2022 had been conducted for 3½ hours duration (3 hours for Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning + 1/2 hour for General Knowledge). Hence for 2023 also, it is expected to be the same.
  • For Visually Impaired candidates with a scribe, an extra time of 25 minutes will be provided only for attempting Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning of XAT exam.
  • The Total Number of Questions for the XAT 2022 exam was 100 (74+25). This year, it can be expected to be around 100 again. However, XLRI has the habit of surprising everyone. There might be more or fewer questions but the type of questions will remain the same.
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate. A negative marking of 0.25 marks will be applicable for each wrongly answered question. There is no negative marking for any questions in the General Knowledge section. 

Read more: XAT Exam Pattern 2023

XAT 2023 Syllabus

The Essay Writing section was removed in 2021. The XAT question paper will now comprise four sections, which are- Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, and General Knowledge. Some of the important topics which occupy the maximum weightage in XAT are given below.

Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Para jumbled
  • Grammar
  • Paragraph completion
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension

Decision Making

  • Situational events
  • Case studies
  • Data arrangement
  • Analytical reasoning

Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

  • Tables, Graphs
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Profit and Loss
  • Speed and Distance
  • Clocks

General Knowledge

  • News
  • History
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Society updates

Marks obtained in General Knowledge are not taken into consideration while calculating percentile and in the counseling procedure, however, some of the institutes might consider GK's marks.

Read More: XAT Syllabus 2023

How to Prepare for XAT 2023?

The best way to prepare for this exam would be by working smart rather than working hard. XAT is slightly different from the other MBA exams. It is very important for the candidates to know about the techniques and ways by which they can clear the XAT exam and score high. Strategies and planning will allow the candidates to understand the different types of questions that can be asked in the question paper and also let them prepare exceptionally well. Candidates can follow the tips given below.

Plan Properly: Candidates should plan very well prior to starting the preparation process. They should make a timetable or a chart which should be followed by the candidates properly in order to stay on course and not deviate from the course of preparation. It is very important for the candidates to follow the plan throughout the preparation process. The candidates should plan for the XAT 2023 Exam accordingly and prepare.

Stay Focused: Preparing for XAT and clearing the exam would be easy if you prepare for the exam in a calm and focused manner. Try to keep it as simple as possible. The lack of either of them would pose a problem for you. Make sure that you never give up. This exam consists of a decision-making section. One can answer those, only when his mind is calm and focused. Lack of concentration will deviate you from the course of preparation and the topics cannot be learned with full understanding. Hence it is very important to be focused.

Attempt the Simpler Questions First: XAT exam has negative marking. You cannot afford to make any wild guesses while answering. Make sure that you only attempt those questions whose answers you really know. Only after attempting all the questions that you know, should you try attending to the remaining questions. It is advised to leave any question that is doubtful, in order to avoid negative marking. Another aspect associated with this is that the candidates need not waste excess time on the questions that are uncertain and this way more time can be spent on known questions.

Time Management: If one wants to excel in time management he/she has to undergo rigorous practice. You can achieve this by taking at least 10-15 mock tests and solving previous year question papers. This would help you get familiarized with the syllabus and exam pattern. Attending the exam by efficiently optimizing time not only saves time but also allows you to check the answers that are answered already.

Mock Tests: Mock tests form an integral part of the preparation phase. It is important to take as many mocks as possible and analyze it fully to improve the scores. It helps you to practise and perform better in the actual exam. It also helps you to optimize time during the actual test. You will also be able to prioritize and carefully use time on questions that require a lot of time and those which do not.

Previous Years' Question Papers: You can prepare using the previous years' question papers also, as that will help you get an idea of the actual test. It helps you to understand the type and distribution of questions in the question paper. This way you can anticipate questions and orders by which they will be asked in the exam.

XAT 2023 Answer Key

The answer key will be released in two shifts. The first one will be the provisional answer key, which the candidates can challenge. XLRI makes provision for candidates to raise objections. A couple of days after that, the final answer key will be released. Candidates can download both from the official website. The ones published by coaching institutes will not be considered official, and no objections will be accepted against them.

Read More: XAT Answer Key 2023

XAT 2023 Cut Off

XAT 2023 cutoff is decided on the basis of:

  • The number of applicants,
  • The difficulty of the paper,
  • The number of seats in participating colleges.

In order to be eligible to face the selection rounds, the candidate has to cross the cut-off score. The XAT cut-off varies from one institute to the other. Cutoff for the year 2023 is tabulated below.


The cut off marks for BM are tabulated below:

XLRI 2023 Cut Off for BM
Gender Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Decision Making (DM) Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Overall
Male 75 72 80 93
Female 72 72 75 90


The cut off for PGDM are tabulated below:

XLRI 2023 Cut Off for HRM
Gender Decision Making (DM) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Quantitative Ability (QA) Overall
Male Engineer 70 80 75 92
Female Engineer 70 80 64 90
Male Non-Engineer 70 80 70 90
Female Non- Engineer 70 80 60 87

Read More: XAT Cut Off 2023

XAT 2023 Result

The result will be prepared based on the marks scored by the candidates in the exam, and a merit list will be put on the official website. Registered candidates can download the scorecard from XAT official website by logging in with their credentials. XAT admit card includes the following.

  • Sectional scores
  • Sectional percentile
  • Overall score
  • Overall percentile
  • The validity of the scorecard and
  • The candidate details as mentioned in the application form.

How to Check XAT Results?

Follow the below mentioned steps to check/download the XAT 2023 results.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website
  • Step 2: Enter registration number and date of birth to access your XAT 2023 Result.
  • Step 3: The candidate can now log in to official website by the provided XAT User ID and Password.
  • Step 4: Once logged in, choose the year and you can view the results. You can also save as pdf for future references.

XAT 2023 Selection Criteria

Candidates can apply for more than one program with an additional fee for each. If that candidate clears the cutoff and XAT 2023 Selection Criteria then he or she will be called for the selection process.

The selection process generally consists of:

  • GD (Group Discussion)
  • Writing
  • PI (Personal Interview) rounds.

Based on the performance of the student in these rounds he or she will be admitted for a program.

Call letters will be sent by mail to each of the qualified candidates and one has to report to the location to attend the counselling process.

Read More: XAT Result 2023

XAT 2023 Counseling

Candidates have to go through a counselling procedure to gain admission to the B-schools. After the XAT 2023 results and merit lists are out, candidates can submit the marks carefully to the desired colleges. The colleges will reach out to qualified candidates for the counselling procedure. The counselling procedure will be held in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Jamshedpur in the month of February 2023 and March 2023 tentatively as of now. The counselling will contain the selection criteria rounds as mentioned above. XLRI will go through the overall performance of the respective candidates and publish a final list of the selected candidates. Some of the factors mentioned below can also be a plus point for the selection of the candidates:

  • Work experience
  • Extra curriculum
  • Academic Records

Read More: XAT Counselling 2023

XAT 2023 Contact Details

If candidates have any doubts or queries then they can contact the concerned authorities. The contact details are given below:

  • Address: XLRI Xavier School of Management, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001
  • Ph no: 0657-665-3203/04/05
  • Fax: 0657-665-3200/2227814
  • Toll-Free no: 1800-267-4008


What is the selection process after the result is released?

There are three rounds in the selection procedure (counseling), namely GD (group discussion), Writing, and PI (personal interview)

What is XAT Exam?

XAT Exam is a national level entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for those candidates who aspire to pursue MBA or PGDM programme in XLRI or other associated XAT institutes.

What is a good score in XAT?

According to the analysis made, it was found out that if a candidate can attain 85 percentile in XAT, he/she can get a reputed institute to study in. A candidate has to make sure that he/she doesn\'t invite negative marks by answering questions wrongly.

Is XAT conducted online?

Yes, XLRI has changed the mode of examination to online from the past 2 years.

What should be done if there is a lot of delay in opening the page?

The delay in accessing the page could be because of the busy server when many candidates try to access the page at the same time or due to internet connectivity issues. It would be helpful if you are trying to reach again after 15 minutes or try again during the late hours.

How will I get to know if my application is registered or not?

After clicking on the submit button a XAT ID will be generated and is displayed on the screen which means that your registration is successful. The candidates should make sure that they note down the generated XAT ID as it is required for taking the print of application form as well as to download the XAT admit card.

I have not received any email regarding the registration for XAT Exam?

The registration mails are automatically generated and sent to the mail id of the candidates provided in the application form. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that they provide the correct email id.

I am pursuing my final year of graduation, what should I mention in percentage column?

You can calculate the aggregate percentage of marks obtained to date and can enter them.

How many sections are there in the exam?

The exam consists of 4 sections, which are Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA and LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI) and General Knowledge (GK). Some colleges do not consider GK\'s marks in percentile.


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